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Homeland Security Grant Program

NEW: Fiscal Year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)

The grant application period is in the spring of each year, dependent on the timing of federal appropriations/announcement. The grant application announcement will be via email to eligible entities, with submission in the Electronic Single Application.

The high-level objective of this federal grant program is to provide funds to eligible entities to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events and to prepare the nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States.

One of the core missions is to enhance the ability of state, territory, local, and tribal governments to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters and to strengthen homeland security preparedness.

State Homeland Security Grant Subprogram Overview

The State Homeland Security Grant Subprogram (SHSP) supports state, local, tribal, and territorial preparedness activities that address high priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities that support terrorism preparedness.

Urban Area Security Initiative Subprogram Overview

The UASI assists high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

Are You Eligible?

Eligible entities are county governments within the respective Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Regional Task Forces as established following Title 35. Eligible entities must ensure and maintain the adoption and implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

How Can Funds be Used?

Funds must be used to enhance preparedness capabilities identified in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) against Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) target. Additionally, all activities in allowable categories must be linked to Core Capabilities to further the National Preparedness Goal. Activities must fall under the following categories: planning, training, exercise, organization and management, and administration.

Another key requirement for all activity is overall local and regional coordination, resource sharing, and collaboration.

How to Apply

The application is available in Electronic Single Application.

What to Expect after Applying

Feedback and review of all applications will be provided by set deadline for each year. Awards are made by formula and the administrative documents including obligations are distributed to local level after PEMA receives the formal award from the federal agency.